One-Pot Cookbook: The Really, Truly, Honest-to-Goodness
Jesse Ziff Cool
Chronicle, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Martina Bexte
n her Introduction, Jesse Ziff Cool enthusiastically promotes one pot cooking, saying that '
nothing is more inviting than a pot of something wonderful simmering on the stove, the intoxicating scents filling the air with home-cooked warmth
' and that '
one of my favorite ways of nurturing people at my restaurants has been this style of Old World rustic comfort food
'. She banishes the notion that the process of preparing one pot meals is time-consuming and requires a long list of exotic ingredients by offering over fifty recipes that are simple, easy, delicious, re-heatable,
and best of all, really do live up to her title -
he handy-sized cookbook is divided into sections on
Shellfish & Fish
, with an additional one for
one-pot meals. Cool offers recipes for old favorites like
Beef Stew with Buttermilk Dumplings
Meat Loaf with Potatoes and Steamed Green Beans
Slow Cooked Chicken in a Pot
Stove-Top Noodle Casserole
. But once you graduate from these recipes, there are more exotic choices, like
Mom's Beef Brisket With Prunes and Apricots
Pork Chops With Sweet and Spicy Red Cabbage and Steamed Dill Dumplings
Lamb Chops with Saffron Basmati Rice and Warmed Tomatoes
Lobster Bisque With Potatoes
Chicken Wing Cacciatore with Creamy Polenta
Calves' Liver with Mushroom-Onion Ragout
- to name just a few.
Tips and Techniques
suggest how to choose the right pot, offer
of one-pot cooking, tips on choosing ingredients, the right stock or broth to use, and how to test your one-pot meal for
. Plenty of full sized photographs add to this nifty cookbook's panache. I've always loved one-pot meals for their convenience, and best of all, for their taste, and prepare them regularly. In
, I've found a whole new range of food combinations to prepare and enjoy and I'm sure you'll discover the same.
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